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Nine New Whitetails in Boone and Crockett’s Top 20 Ranks

Boone and Crockett Club records for whitetail deer go back 194 years, with literally tens of thousands of trophies dating back to 1830. Yet over 20 percent of the biggest bucks ever recorded were entered in just the past seven years.


Since 2017, nine whitetails ranking top 20 All-time in typical or non-typical categories have been added.

Origins of this significant recent trend can be traced in Boone and Crockett Club’s newly published Records of North American Big Game, 15th Edition. New editions are printed every six years. The 15th Edition adds trophies accepted 2017 through 2021, including more than 4,500 new entries across 38 categories of North American big game. New entries include a World’s Record bighorn sheep. Most of the new entries are whitetails.

In total, the 15th Edition contains over 36,000 records for deer, sheep, elk, bear and other species. First published in 1932, the book has grown to two volumes with over a thousand pages. Along with detailed, tabular trophy listings including harvest locations (down to county level), it features hundreds of field photos, score sheets and insightful chapters. It’s available in paperback, a hardback collector’s set with slipcase, and a deluxe limited edition.

“When you hear hunters talk about a huge buck, chances are you’ll find it here.” said Kyle Lehr, the Club’s director of big game records.

Lehr said infinite trophy trends can be discovered and tracked in the Boone and Crockett Club’s historical records. Conservationists can use the data to help gauge the success of management programs over time. Hunters can use the data to help plan their next hunt for the trophy of a lifetime.

Boone and Crockett Club documents all whitetails that are entered and reach the 160 typical or 185 non-typical point threshold, however to be published in this book one must meet or exceed 170 typical or 195 non-typical points.

Current Top 20 All-time whitetails debuting in the 15th Edition include the No. 3 non-typical scoring 327-7/8 from Illinois, No. 4 non-typical scoring 321-3/8 from Kansas, No. 5 non-typical scoring 315-1/8 from Tennessee, No. 4 typical scoring 204-6/8 from Pennsylvania, No. 10 typical scoring 202-3/8 from Arkansas, and the No. 17 non-typical scoring 282-2/8 from Iowa.

Since 2022 the Club has recognized the new No. 2 typical scoring 211-4/8 from Indiana, No. 3 typical scoring 207-7/8 from Illinois, and the No. 18 typical scoring 200-3/8 from Kentucky.


Check out our gallery of these nine new whitetails. 

Records of North American Big Game, 15th Edition

Newest Edition! Long considered “The Book” of big game records, Boone and Crockett Club’s newest edition of its All-Time records book—Records of North American Big Game—is the most complete big game records book cataloging the greatest big game ever taken in North America.

These one-of-a-kind records books live up to their long-standing reputation with more than 36,000 trophy listings, hundreds of color photos and intriguing chapters. In its fifteenth edition since the original book was published by B&C in 1932, this latest edition has grown to nearly 1,000 pages split between two-volumes.


More About the Boone and Crockett Club

Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887 , the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship. Member accomplishments include enlarging and protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. Click here to learn… Read More